Wednesday, 16th June 2010
Cool! Send Selected Full Text and Free eBooks From Open Library Directly to a Kindle With Only a Couple of Clicks
Here's one to share with others either on your library web site, blog or directly to users when they visit the library.
The Internet Archive/Open Library and Amazon.com/Kindle have created a cool and useful service for Kindle owners who use (or should be using) the Open Library (OL).
The Open Library is an "initiative" of the Internet Archive and through a partnership with Amazon.com allow some public domain titles accessible in the OL to now be sent directly to a Kindle device (with just a couple of clicks). Of course, transmission fees may apply.
The service is called "Send to Kindle."
In a nutshell, Kindle users can now download any of the thousands of books in the Open Library that are available in the Kindle format and with a click send it directly to their Kindle device (transmission fees may apply).
Here's an Example:
1) Conduct Your Search
We ran a search for "Chicago" and then limited our results to e-books. One item we found was the Municipal Code of Chicago from 1881
2) In the right column, in the section labeled "read" you'll see a "Send to Kindle Link." Click. Again, NOT EVERY TITLE offers this option.
3) Your redirected to the Amazon.com site where you might have to login.
4) Once you've logged you're transported to your Kindle page and a pull-down menu listing one or more devices associated with your account appears.
4) Click "Continue" and Your Done.
5) Within a Few Minutes, the Full Text of the Public Domain Book Should Be on Your Kindle Device. How easy is that? (-:
Note: The Archive avoids producing ebooks in EPUB or Kindle formats for materials that catastrophically fail automated OCR. Examples include handwritten diaries, compilations of tables and charts or graphs without accompanying text, or texts with significant physical damage or degradation.
See Also: If You Haven't Spent Any Time Using/Experimenting/Have a Look at the Open Library we strongly suggest you spend at least a few minutes taking a look around. Since OL was relaunched a few months ago it has become a "must have" and often FUN resource to use. Many records have a great deal of hypertext metadata, numerous ways to search and focus results*, and for many of the full text books included in the database, the chance to access them in one of several formats.
* If you prefer to create a sophisticated search strategy from the outset, here's a compilation of Open Library search syntax.
See Also: When Open Library Relaunched on May 5, 2010, ResourceShelf Published an In-Depth Overview of the Service.
Hat Tip: Peter B.